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Monday, March 2, 2015

And then there were 3


Three mittens being blocked.

And if knitting three mittens isn't weird enough for you, how about this.


A big chunk of that roll of toilet paper was trifolded.  Very neatly & precisely trifolded.  Weird.

Or is the weird thing the fact that I'm taking photos of my toilet paper?

I think winter has finally gotten to me.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sunday Hats - Eomer Shield Tam

Today's Sunday hat pattern is the Eomer Shield Tam found on Ravelry.


The Ravelry description states, "The inspiration for this pattern came from an unused Lord of the Rings drawing of a shield for Eomer. This complex-looking tam is not as hard as it looks! A quick, yet fun and challenging knit for intermediate to advanced knitters."  Honestly, the "challenging knit for intermediate to advanced knitters" part of that description scares me a bit & I hadn't planned to knit this tam, but, Sarah started re-reading the series a few days ago so I may end up attempting it.  We'll see how much motherly love I actually have.

But whether I knit the tam or not, I thought it was a beautiful pattern.  If you go to the pattern's Ravelry page, you'll find photos of several different color ways & an instance where it has been turned into a clock.  Pretty cool!

Meanwhile, the dogs have been helping Mike do the taxes.


It cracks me up how Minnie likes to sit in a nearby chair to watch Mike work.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Doh!

I finished Kate's mittens.  Or at least I thought I had.

knitting fail #33

Doh!  I don't suppose Kate has two right hands.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Fiber Friday - Patons Kroy Socks

My original plan was that Fiber Fridays would be about new-to-me fiber, but I stumbled onto a sale and new-to-me colorways.


Patons Kroy Socks, think I like it? Hope you answered, "yes."  As far as squishiness and fabric firmness, it knits up like On-Line which I also love, but the Patons Kroy can be found in local big box craft stores which means I can impulse shop and don't have to wait for the mailman.  It's also inexpensive, washes and wears well.

In the picture, the color ways are, from left to right, Eclipse Stripes, Meadow Stripes, Rusty Stripes and Clover.  I'd never seen Eclipse or Meadow Stripes in stores before.  Meadow Stripes will make fun, spring colored socks while Rusty Stripes will make great fall socks.  I've used Clover in five or six previous projects, including socks, so I have no idea what I'll do with this newest purchase but I love the color way so, in my cart it went.  But as much as I love Clover, I think Eclipse may be my favorite.  It's dark and stormy and fits my mood perfectly.

Why is my mood dark & stormy?


It snowed again.  You'd think, as a lover of all things warm & wooly, I'd love snow, but nope.  I'm just too old for this nonsense.   I really don't know why I'm so bothered by this recent snow.  I don't have anywhere I have to be so it's not like I need to fight the snow plows and crazy drivers.  The kids are old enough to dress themselves so I don't have to spend hours upon hours layering them up to send them outdoors only to spend hours & hours unlayering them 30 minutes later when they come in wet and cold.  We have plenty of food & wine, although we are low on salty snacks & chocolate.  That could be a problem.  I think really, I'm just mad because it snowed during the night and I didn't get to watch it fall.  I do love to knit by the fire while watching snow fall.

In other news, my daughter may have a problem.


A gambling problem.  Sarah was so excited to turn 18 and be able to legally buy scratch-off lottery tickets.  She bought her first ticket and won $1.  Me, being the dork mom that I am, took a picture of her collecting her winnings.  The cashier thought I was totally nuts.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

TBT - Skellatoid

It's Throwback Thursday and,

Zack & Sarah, Colonial Beach, VA

is it any wonder we called the boy Skellatoid?  Based on location & hair styles, I'm guessing Zack is 6 & Sarah is 4 in this picture.  I am a horrible mother & didn't date any of the photos.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Top-down

I lucked out at Michael's the other day.  I went in to exchange something and found Lion Brand Fishermen's Wool on clearance.  Fishermen's Wool doesn't come in the prettiest colors, but I like it for everyday hats & mittens.  I think of it more as work horse yarn than pretty, fashionable yarn.  But it was 50% off so I started tossing skein after skein into my cart.  Actually, I had to go get a cart, then I started the tossing-in process.  Whatever.  I came home with a LOT of Fishermen's Wool.  I even had enough of one dyelot to knit a top-down, ragland sweater for myself if I use a contrasting color for the neckband & cuffs.  So...

#todayonmyneedles

It's not the prettiest sweater ever knit, but it will be a nice wear-around-the-house, work horse sweater.  The pattern & yarn details can be found on my Ravelry page if you're interested.

I like knitting top-down sweaters.  It's so easy to try them on & see if adjustments need to be made.  This particular pattern is super simple and easily modified.  Back in the 90's I knit this pattern six or seven times.  Now, I feel like I'm visiting an old friend.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Snow boots

Looking to the positive side of this horrible weather...


I have lots of opportunity to wear my snow boots.  Because I live in an area that only gets enough snow to warrant wearing snow boots once every five years or so, I haven't owned a pair since I was a kid.  As in, a little, little kid.  But these, I found at the warehouse club for $14.99 this past summer.  And, they are labeled two sizes smaller than I normally wear so they make me feel good about my boat sized (think ocean liner) feet.  And, they are lined with warm fuzzy fabric that keeps my toes warm in the snow but doesn't make my feet overly hot indoors.  I absolutely love these boots!

Meanwhile,


I started a top-down, ragland sweater.

And,


My grown up baby boy did his own taxes this year.  He now understands why everyone feels that the IRS has it's own special space in Hell.